The Detroit Tigers snapped a three game losing streak with a 2-1 win over the Tampa Bay Rays Wednesday afternoon at Tropicana Field.  Detroit didn’t even have a hit against Rays’ starter Chris Archer until Jose Iglesias’ hit in the seventh inning.  J.D. Martinez and Nick Castellanos each had an RBI single and the Tigers managed to scratch out enough runs to get the win.  Justin Verlander earned his first victory of the season after giving up just one run on four hits while striking out ten in eight innings.   He set down the first 14 batters.  Joakim Soria notched his 23rd save of the year.  The Tigers head to Baltimore on Thursday.  Alfredo Simon will start for Detroit. Broadcast time is 6:40 p.m. on WBCK.


The Bombers were off Wednesday.  They’re in Kalamazoo today and tonight for a double header with the Growlers.   Both teams play two in Battle Creek on Friday.  The Bombers close out the home schedule on Saturday and Sunday.


Three Lions players will not take the field with their teammates when training camp begins next week. Running back Joique Bell, defensive end Jason Jones, and tackle LaAdrian Waddle have been placed on the Physically Unable to Perform list. Waddle is still recovering from a partially torn ACL and hopes to return to the lineup by the regular season, Bell had offseason surgery on his knee and his Achilles, and Jones is out with an undisclosed injury. Officials expect linebacker Stephen Tulloch, who tore his ACL in September, to take part in drills next week. Rookies reported to camp earlier this week and veterans are due at the Allen Park facility on Sunday.  With projected starter LaAdrian Waddle likely to begin training camp on the physically unable the perform list, the Detroit Lions could use another veteran offensive tackle on the roster. According to the NFL Network, the team will take a look at a familiar face to potentially fill the role, Gosder Cherilus. A first-round draft pick in 2008, Cherilus spent his first five seasons with the Lions, starting 75 games during that stretch. He departed via free agency in 2013, agreeing to a five-year, $35 million deal with the Indianapolis Colts. He started 29 games for the club the past two seasons before being released last week.

City League Baseball

The Battle Creek Merchants in head to the NABF Regional in Flint today for a chance to make the World Series. HBC Behnke will host next month’s NABF World Series in Battle Creek starting on August 5.

Toledo Picked to Win the MAC

The Toledo Rockets and Bowling Green Falcons have been selected to win their respective divisions in the Mid-American Conference Football Preseason Poll. Toledo, the favorite to win the MAC Championship game, finished just one point ahead of the WMU Broncos in the poll.

Meanwhile, the Broncos have added Notre Dame defensive end Anthony Rabasa, a fifth-year transfer player. Rabasa was highly touted out of high school, but only appeared in seven games in his career at Notre Dame without a start.

The 2015 season kicks off on Thursday, September 3 with four non-conference games.

The Big Ten Football Media Day will take place today and tomorrow in Chicago.